Nurses: Treat Your Feet
Nurses are on their feet constantly! This important mode of transportation carries you through your job—and your life—each day. Sore feet can make it much more difficult to do your job to the best of your ability, so it’s important to treat them right. Here are five ways you can keep your tootsies in tip-top shape—now and for years to come.
Five ways to care for your tired feet
Every part of your body needs to wind down and relax when you return home from each nursing shift. Your feet get a lot of wear and tear during your shift, since nurses are always in motion while caring for patients. So while you’re on assignment in Louisville, or anywhere else your travel career may take you, always make time to help your feet relax at the end of a long day. Try any of the following:
- Get a massage or pedicure. If you’ve never had one, a professional massage is one of the most relaxing things you can do, especially for your feet. But you can also save money and massage your feet on your own at home using a special rolling massager you can buy at most health stores.
- Use a footbath or get a pedicure. Similar to a massage, pedicures are also very relaxing and include a foot massage, as well. Plus, your pedicurist will soak your feet to help with exfoliation, and then moisturize—keeping your feet looking their best! You can mimic the benefits of a pedicure at home by purchasing your own foot bath and soaking in a mixture of warm water and Epsom salts. Always be sure to wash your feet properly and keep your toenails trimmed.
- Use foot crème (or make your own). If you suffer from dry, cracked soles and heels, an overnight foot crème can help to moisturize and alleviate podiatric distress. You can make your own by combining coconut oil, which has moisturizing properties, with a few drops of peppermint oil—a natural antifungal.
- Stretch at the end of each shift. Just as you would stretch any muscle in your body, it’s important to stretch your feet after a long day of activity. Lie on your back with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. One at a time, point and flex each foot 25 times. Then, take a bath towel, wrap it around the ball of your foot, and pull slowly to stretch. Repeat this on the other foot.
- Replace your shoes regularly. Shoes wear out and need to be replaced—every three to six months if you wear them regularly. This may seem excessive, but when you wear your shoes too long, you may begin to notice discomfort in your feet, legs or lower back as the soles wear down. It’s also important to choose the proper type of shoes, with soft but sturdy soles that absorb the impact of your footsteps. Also, be sure to get fitted when trying on shoes so you purchase the right size.
More tips for healthy feet
To learn more about taking good care of your feet, you can visit the American Podiatric Medical Association online.
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